Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni has admitted it was ‘flattering’ to be the subject of intense transfer interest this summer.
Manchester United’s need for a defensive midfield specialist has been obvious for some time now and, with Paul Pogba’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, there was speculation across the summer that the club could make a move for his replacement.
Tchouameni, 21, was one name that was regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford following his impressive performances, but remained with the Ligue 1 club.
The French youngster has quickly established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting midfield prospects and various reports emerged earlier this year suggesting that United and Chelsea were both interested in bringing him to the Premier League.
Tchouameni has now commented on those links, revealing that he became the recipient of a dressing room joke this summer.
“I remember I was in Paris, after the Nations League,” Tchouameni told French outlet L’Equipe.
“I woke up and my phone had blown up. My father called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went on Twitter and saw for myself.
“I told him it was cool, but what does it actually matter? It doesn’t. The front page of Marca will not define me or allow me to perform well in matches. It’s not real life, but it is the media world, the football business.
“They talk about me today but tomorrow, they’ll be talking about another. In the dressing room, they put the cover up and laughed ‘Oh, you’re leaving us already?’ It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.”
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